The Partner Track

Helen Wan

‘You can’t stand the idea that a woman might be better at this than you’

Ingrid Yung’s life is full of firsts. A first-generation Chinese American, the first lawyer in her family, she’s about to collect the holy grail of ‘firsts’ and become the first minority woman to make partner at the venerable old law firm Parsons Valentine & Hunt.

Ingrid has perfected the art of ‘passing’ and seamlessly blends into the old-boy corporate culture. But when an offensive incident at the summer outing threatens the firm’s reputation, Ingrid’s outsider status is suddenly thrown into sharp relief. For the first time, Ingrid must question her place in the firm. Pitted against her colleagues, including her golden-boy boyfriend, Ingrid begins to wonder whether the prestige of partnership is worth breaching her ethics. But can she risk throwing away the American dream that is finally within her reach?


ISBN: 9781800751293

Published: September 1, 2022


ISBN: 9781800751309

Published: June 27, 2022


Reviews for The Partner Track

‘An engaging and suspenseful debut’ – The Wall Street Journal

‘Wan succeeds in exploring and fictionalizing the timely topics of sexism and racism in workplace politics in a fluent, thought-provoking, and compelling tale’ – Booklist

Smart, incisive, and fast-paced, The Partner Track is a sparklingly readable look at the inner workings of a Wall Street law firm – from the vantage point of a brainy, beautiful and self-doubting Asian-American associate. Wan has the remarkable ability to make you feel as if “you are there” — inside the law firm, inside protagonist Ingrid Yung’s head. I did not want to put this book down’ – Susan Cain, New York Times-bestselling author of Quiet


Helen Wan

Helen Wan is the author of The Partner Track, about an Asian American woman navigating the alien corporate culture at a prestigious global law firm. Her novel is frequently taught in universities and law schools and is being translated into several languages. Helen writes primarily about how race, class and culture impact ambition and our pursuit of happiness. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Washington Post,, the Daily Beast, and elsewhere. Before becoming a writer, she practiced law in New York for many years.

The Partner Track began as subway scribblings on a legal pad when Helen was a first-year associate at a big New York firm. It is now an original TV series on Netflix.